By: Avera McKennan Fitness Center
Successfully complete your first marathon using these helpful tips:
Set Your Workout Schedule
Training for a marathon requires a consistent workout schedule. The first step is reviewing your week and choosing the actual times each week you can work out. In addition, choose group exercise classes at the Center or a personal trainer to supplement your workout routine.
Choose the Right Shoes
Before your training begins, you have to choose the perfect shoes for your needs. Visit your local running store and have your foot analyzed to determine which shoes are best for your feet. Your shoes should be replaced every 300 to 400 miles to reduce discomfort in your joints and muscles.
Fuel Your Body for Optimal Energy
Proper nutrition during your training is essential for your success during training and the day of the marathon. Healthy options include, bananas, oats, broccoli, plain yogurt, dark chocolate and more.
Give Your Body Time to Recover
After your training, remember to take rest days. You want to arrive at the marathon as healthy and fit as possible. If you are sick, feel tired or extreme soreness give yourself a day or two to rest.
McCrann, P. (2017). 8 Baby Steps to the Marathon for Beginners. Retrieved from Active.com: https://www.active.com/running/articles/8-baby-steps-to-the-marathon-for-beginners
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